Nov. 5-6, 2016, collection to support pastoral service and ministry for Catholic families in the U.S. Military and patients in VA Medical Centers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), has officially kicked off its 2016 National Collection campaign. The collection, to be taken up in Catholic churches throughout the United States at weekend Masses Nov. 5-6, 2016, will support pastoral service and ministry to Catholic families in the U.S. Military and patients in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers throughout the country.
The official kickoff came last night at the AMS’s Seventh Annual Benefit reception inside the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, hosted approximately 200 AMS supporters, including active-duty and retired senior military officers, their spouses, clergy, and seminarians.
The 2016 National Collection will be only the second such collection since 2012, when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a national collection every three years to benefit the AMS. The first collection, taken in 2013, has raised more than $8,239,000—funds that will support AMS programs and services, including Vocations, Evangelization,Sacramental Records, the Tribunal, and Veterans Affairs.
“That represents a tremendous shot in the arm for this global Archdiocese,” Archbishop Broglio told his guests last night in brief remarks. His Excellency also noted that generous benefactors have come forward to support the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, a vocations partnership between the AMS and dioceses and religious communities across the nation. “Four scholarships have been established to help support the formation costs to our co-sponsored seminarians, who, of course, represent the real source of hope for future ministry in the Archdiocese. You can see a few of them with us here this evening.”
The AMS relies entirely on private giving. While the salaries and retirement benefits of Catholic military chaplains are paid by the U.S. Government, the AMS gets no funding from the government or the military to support its many programs and services.
Donations can be made here.
Through Dec. 31, 2015, anyone wishing to support the AMS mission serving those who serve may also participate in the $100,000 Matching Gift Challenge from The Charitable Exchange. For more information, go here.
Beginning in January 2016, you may continue to learn more about the 2016 National Collection for the AMS on a dedicated web page at www.milarch.org, with links to diocesan and parish resources, recorded webinars, videos, and a list of ways you can get involved.
Meanwhile, the date for the AMS’s Eighth Annual Benefit has been set for Nov. 11, 2016.
“I am deeply grateful to all of you for your presence here this evening,” Archbishop Broglio told his guests last night. “Thank you for your support that makes available materials, fosters vocational discernment, and allows the Archdiocese to fulfill her mission. In particular, I recognize all of the donors. You make the ministry of the Archdiocese possible.”